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In Defense of Toerag (Repost)

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 09-15-2000 07:29 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos


Not that I feel there is any defense needed here. Our poems are in jest. I wish he could get to a computer and offer some sweet words in response. But for those who don't know Toerag (and I never met him, myself), this little poem kind of tells you who he is.

A Man Called Toerag

He reveals himself in gesture
Though his hands I cannot see
He reveals facial expression
Though his face unknown to me
I can see into his spirit
What he cannot see himself
Though his treasure chest be empty
It is full of human wealth

I can feel the rhythm beating
Of inquiet solitude
Of a mind that knows no peace
Until injustice is unglued
I can feel the strong compassion
I can see the teardrops fall
I can feel the spirit moan
When he sees writing on the wall

He's a tough and weathered warrior
He's accustomed to the streets
He's been in and out and up and down
With characters he meets
He can speak the common language
He can plod the common ground
While inside there is an emptiness
A dream he hasn't found

There is laughter in the hallways
There is love within the heart
There's desire on his fingertips
And every living part
He rejoices in his playfullness
In making others laugh
He feels pride in standing up
In another one's behalf

There's a pain within his spirit
There's a wit upon his tongue
There's a restlessness about the past
And songs he hasn't sung
He is better than the best of them
And wiser than the most
And he fails to even recognize
What other men would boast

He hears rap within the strains of Bach
T. Leary was his muse
And he views Picasso canvases
In pornographic hues
He loves a short and swaying skirt
A button popping blouse
An inch above a tender knee
And beer around the house

He's self confronting, Self instructive
Self defacing, Self destructive
Self abusing, Self defaming
Introspective, and self blaming

But what I see and what I feel
Are love and beauty in his soul
A sensitive and tender heart
Beyond the simple common goal
A deep abiding sheer regard
For every soul upon the earth
A true and pure respect for
All the qualities of greatest worth

The hell-bent "bad boy" I have found
Will in the end be heaven bound
And I would hope some day to see
This face that has enraptured me

Love ya, Toe
Liz


© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
Nan
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1 posted 09-15-2000 07:35 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Ditto....!! (did I say that?)
Kethry
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2 posted 09-15-2000 08:40 AM       View Profile for Kethry   Email Kethry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kethry

Liz,
I don't know Toerag, but I certainly got a sense of him through this poetry and it's nothing like LJA painted him. Someone's gonna be in trouble.

Kethry


"It is the image in the mind that links us to lost treasures;
but it is the loss that shapes the image,
gathers the flowers weaves the garland."-
Kit McCallum
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3 posted 09-15-2000 01:24 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

What a wonderful tribute Liz ... it's so important to see all sides to everyone. Sheer beauty and insight into someone's heart, as only you could do. Very nicely penned Liz!  

Best wishes,
/Kit
Corinne
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4 posted 09-15-2000 03:26 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Written with such insight, and from what I've read from Tow, bang on!

Corinne
LngJhnAg
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5 posted 09-15-2000 03:32 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

psst, Liz - great poetry... I have just one minor improvement that would really make this poem stand out ... have you noticed that the words "Toerag" and "LongJohn" have the same number of syllables???  *eyebrows wigglin'*
Elizabeth Santos
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6 posted 09-15-2000 05:13 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Nan, I believe "ditto"'s in the dictionary. It's a perfectly alright word, but I take it as a compliment

Kethry, I don't know him either, just from his remarks, which are very telling. Now Balladeer and LongJohn will tell you different, but you can't believe everything you read. The four Muskateers can slice and splice words a bit, so you just have to try to pick out the little bits of truth
Liz

Thanks, Kit, I'm glad you enjoyed this, by far the easiest poem I've ever written

Corrine, Another one who reads between the lines, good for you!

LngJhn, Here he comes rattling those jealous bones again. Do I understand correctly that you want me to write a poem about your eyebrows? hehe. Sure, I can do that, but it won't be all that exciting
You do make me laugh

Liz
Mark Bohannan
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7 posted 09-15-2000 05:20 PM       View Profile for Mark Bohannan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mark Bohannan

Thank you so much for this.  I now feel as if I have gotten a feeling for who toerag is now....I have to admit that I was sort of lost when no-one showed up that I could see as toerag.  Your words leave no questions....well at least not ones that can be answered.
nando
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8 posted 09-15-2000 05:30 PM       View Profile for nando   Email nando   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nando

Liz:

The way you write this poem makes me just trapped within the words and the lines...

I remember when I had my English exam some years ago, we got a poem by W.B.Yeats to analyze : Innisfree....That poem captured me in the same way as your poem did...So, summed up: I loved the poem


Ask me how to live your life, and this to you IŽll say: make your choises true and wise, so that when tomorrow will arise, youŽll smile at yesterday...
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9 posted 09-15-2000 10:12 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Once again, this poem has brought tears to my eyes. As many times as I've attempted to describe Toe or pay tribute to him, about the best I can manage is to say he's the finest man in existence. *S* But your poem does him justice... painted by a master who uses perception as her palette. To say it's a favorite is a major understatement. *S*
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10 posted 09-15-2000 10:22 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Ah, yes, I remember when this poem originally appeared and the scandal that was caused when it came to light that Toerag had actually paid Elizabeth quite a sum of money to produce it! I thought that the court had ordered that all copies be destroyed and here it shows up again! Montezuma had nothing on Toerag!!!
Sunshine
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11 posted 09-15-2000 10:32 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

LOL and ROTFLMAO....

First,...Elizabeth...what a wonderful tribute!!!

To those of you who don't know Toe...and I don't aspire to insinuate that as I do, 'zactly, I just read....

Liz caught him perfectly....

and 'Deer is just jealous!

Toe, if and when, come back soon! We Miss You So!
WhtDove
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12 posted 09-15-2000 10:33 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Liz, you really have done justice here.
This is so well described, of such a wonderful person, with a big gentle heart!

He is the greatest, and I wish he'd come around and read this as well. I sure do miss him terribly!
Elizabeth Santos
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13 posted 09-15-2000 10:58 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thank you all for your comments.I knew Suthern wouldn't mind a repost and I thank you for your kind words. AS for that court case, it was settled out of court with a kiss and I maintain the copyrights. As for Toerag, he has a tendacy to disappear and then pop up in the middle of a serious discussion with lots of down to earth views on it
Thank you all so very much for your kind remarks
Liz
suthern
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14 posted 09-16-2000 10:30 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

ROFL @ bribe... and I sure wish one of those unexpected visits would occur SOON! *G* (Then we'll work on trying to KEEP him here! *G*)
Alison
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15 posted 03-11-2013 01:32 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

I have some money, Liz.  Would you write a poem about ME?

Seriously, I love this and it brought a bit of a sigh and a tear.  It's perfection.

Alison
 
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